Christmas is in the air!
The season starts earlier than the traditional Misa de Gallo. The Advent Season or the waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus lasts four weeks.
Advent is commonly symbolized by a green wreath and four candles which stand for the advent themes: hope, love, joy and peace.
Instead of the usual advent wreath, Bayview Park Hotel Manila adorned its Coffee Shop with the advent themes. I find this more impressive in making guests feel the spirit of Christmas and remind them of what the season truly means.
They also made five instead of four themes:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:25)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel. (Isaiah 14:7)
However, as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived — the things God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him wouldn’t perish, but would have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. (John 16:24)
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—
and how good is a timely word! (Proverbs 15:23)
But godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6:6)
The father of a righteous child has great joy;
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. (Proverbs 23:24)
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. (Deuteronomy 15:10)
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you. (Deuteronomy 16:17)
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. (Proverbs 3:27)
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor. (Proverbs 22:9)
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. (Luke 6:38)
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8)
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. (Isaiah 55:1)
I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. (Ecclesiastes 3:12)
When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. (Romans 12:15)
This year, let’s celebrate a meaningful and significant Christmas by making Jesus the focus in the midst of lights and festivities.
***All photos taken November 2016 at Bayview Park Hotel Manila.